New Year is Almost Here


| 12/14/2017 9:08:00 AM


Mel Boone 

2017 will soon come to a close. Soon it will be 2018, and what I assume most people are or will be doing is thinking about New Year's resolutions.

I openly admit that I'm horrible at keeping any resolution that I make on January 1.  How many years have I vowed to lose weight? I've actually forgotten exactly what year I started that one, but believe me, I still have those 40 extra pounds. It's a safe bet that those extra pounds won't be going anywhere in 2018.

I vaguely remember saying that I was going to mount 10 of my best photographs onto 8-by-10 mounting boards to put into the display case at the local library with my camera collection. Well, I have the mounting boards. That's as far as I've gotten with that project. The upside is that I did manage to follow through with a ham radio display in that display case. The librarians and the Friends of the Library club loved the idea. It did give the local ham radio club some public (and free) advertising, showing that the club is still active.

"This is the year I'll get hired!" was another January 1, 2017 mantra for me. Well, it hasn't happened yet. With all of the paper applications, online applications and resumes, I have gotten a few interviews. I should not give up that resolution yet. There's still about 2 1/2 weeks left in 2017, so there's still a little hope left for that one, right? If nothing else, perhaps I should hire myself out as a dog walker. Both of my dogs have trained me well for that position.

So as I get ready to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018, I wonder what the new year has in store for me. I don't know, but somehow I'm excited and scared at the same time.



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